Systematic Theology, Volume 1

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University of Chicago Press, Sep 15, 1973 - Religion - 312 pages
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This is the first part of Paul Tillich's three-volume Systematic Theology, one of the most profound statements of the Christian message ever composed and the summation and definitive presentation of the theology of the most influential and creative American theologian of the twentieth century.

In this path-breaking volume Tillich presents the basic method and statement of his system—his famous "correlation" of man's deepest questions with theological answers. Here the focus is on the concepts of being and reason. Tillich shows how the quest for revelation is integral to reason itself. In the same way a description of the inner tensions of being leads to the recognition that the quest for God is implied in finite being.

Here also Tillich defines his thought in relation to philosophy and the Bible and sets forth his famous doctrine of God as the "Ground of Being." Thus God is understood not as a being existing beside other beings, but as being-itself or the power of being in everything. God cannot be made into an object; religious knowledge is, therefore, necessarily symbolic.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
2 Apologetic Theology and the Kerygma
6
B The Nature of Systematic Theology
8
4 Two Formal Criteria of Every Theology
11
5 Theology and Christianity
15
A Question
18
An Answer
22
C The Organization of Theology
28
BEING AND THE QUESTION OF GOD
163
Self and World
168
2 The Logical and the Ontological Object
171
B The Ontological Elements
174
4 Dynamics and Form
178
5 Freedom and Destiny
182
C Being and Finitude
186
7 The Finite and Infinite
189

D The Method and Structure of Systematic Theology
34
9 Experience and Systematic Theology
40
10 The Norm of Systematic Theology
47
11 The Rational Character of Systematic Theology
53
12 The Method of Correlation
59
13 The Theological System
66
REASON AND THE QUEST FOR REVELATION
71
2 Subjective and Objective Reason
75
3 The Depth of Reason
79
B Reason in Existence
81
5 The Conflict within Actual Reason and the Quest for Revelation
83
C The Cognitive Function of Reason and the Quest for Revelation
94
7 Cognative Relations
97
8 Truth and Verification
100
THE REALITY OF REVELATION
106
2 The Mediums of Revelation
118
Original and Dependent Revelation
126
4 The Knowledge of Revelation
129
B Actual Revelation
132
6 The Final Revelation in Jesus as the Christ
135
7 The History of Revelation
137
8 Revelation and Salvation
144
C Reason in Final Revelation
147
10 Final Revelation Overcoming the Conflict between Absolutism and Relativism
150
11 Final Revelation Overcoming the Conflict between Formalism and Emotionalism
153
D The Ground of Revelation
155
13 Final Revelation and the Word of God
157
8 Finitude and the Categories
192
9 Finitude and the Ontological Elements
198
10 Essemtial and Existential Being
202
D Human Finitude and the Question of God
204
12 The Necessity of the Question of God and the Socalled Cosmological Arguments
208
THE REALITY OF GOD
211
b God and the Idea of the Holy
215
2 Typological Considerations
218
b Types of Polytheism
222
c Types of Monotheism
225
d Philosophical Transformations
230
B The Actuality of God
235
b God as Being and Knowledge of God
238
4 God as Living
241
b The Divine Life and the Ontological Elements
244
c God as Spirit and the Trinitarian Principles
249
5 God as Creating
252
a Gods Originating Creativity
253
b Gods Sustaining Creativity
261
c Gods Directing Creativity
263
6 God as Related
271
b The Divine Power and the Creature
272
c The Divine Love and the Creature
279
d God as Lord and Father
286
INDEX
293
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